The Holy See approved a new votive Mass "to implore God to end this pandemic," along with new Good Friday prayers "for the afflicted in time of pandemic."
Joining an initiative by Italian mayors, Vatican City lowered their flags to half-staff to show support for those affected by coronavirus.
Father Alejandro Trejo from the Diocese of Yakima in Washington was the first priest to test positive for coronavirus in the United States.
Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay from the Diocese of Brooklyn in New York was the first priest to die from coronavirus in the United States.
Pope Francis echoed the call by the United Nations for an "immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world" amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.
Join Pope Francis in prayer and receive his extraordinary “Urbi et orbi” blessing and plenary indulgence on Friday at 6pm Rome time.
Vatican City now has 5 confirmed cases of coronavirus, one of which was living in Casa Santa Marta, the residence of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for March, that the Church in China may persevere and remain Faithful.
"Never lose hope; continue to believe, always, despite everything." - Pope Francis
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was closed Wednesday for at least a week out of caution against coronavirus.